Adrian Erlandsson (born 27 October 1970 in Malmö, Sweden) is a prolific Swedish heavy metal drummer, who currently plays in The Haunted, At the Gates, Brujeria, Netherbird, with his wife in Nemhain and in Yorkshire doom metal band Paradise Lost. He has also been a member of Cradle of Filth (1999–2006) and Needleye.
Erlandsson was born in Malmö, Sweden to a Romanian father and Swedish mother. His younger brother is Daniel Erlandsson, the drummer of Arch Enemy, and recently, Carcass. They both grew up together in Sweden and started playing drums at a very young age. He got his brother into drumming as Daniel admits "If it wasn't for him I probably wouldn’t be playing today."
He began drumming at the age of 11 when he got his first drum kit, and with friends began playing covers of classic rock songs. They also started playing with their music teacher at school, and eventually began to write their own songs and formed a band. Erlandsson went on to form Penance, a thrash metal band, which never recorded a demo, although they did record some rehearsal tracks.
At the Gates
Erlandsson then went to University in Gothenburg, where in 1990, he joined the Swedish death metal band At the Gates. He was the band's drummer until they broke up, and received critical and fan praise for his speed and precision. When asked what each At the Gates member contributes to the group's overall sound, bandmember Anders Björler said that Erlandsson “hit the drums hard”.
In 2007 At the Gates reunited for some festival shows in the summer of 2008 and a headlining US tour which was dubbed Suicidal Final Tour and at the time, mentioned that they would disband after the 2008 tour. In December 2010, the band reunited again.
First stint with The Haunted
After the demise of At the Gates, band members Erlandsson and Anders and Jonas Björler recruited Mary Beats Jane vocalist Peter Dolving to form The Haunted.
Erlandsson appeared on the band's self-titled debut album before departing in 1999 to join Cradle of Filth.
Cradle of Filth
Erlandsson was initially scheduled to record one session with Cradle of Filth; by the time he left the group in November 2006, he had appeared on four albums—Midian (2000), Damnation and a Day (2003), Nymphetamine (2004), and Thornography (2006)—and two EP releases—From the Cradle to Enslave (1999) and Bitter Suites to Succubi (2001).
According to an official Roadrunner press release, Erlandsson left with the intention of devoting his energies to his two side projects, Nemhain and the since-defunct Needleye. “I have enjoyed my time with Cradle but it is now time to move on. I feel I am going out on a high as Thornography is definitely our best album to date”.
On March 16, 2009, he joined the British gothic metal band Paradise Lost under Jeff Walker's recommendation.
Second stint with The Haunted
On June 26, 2013, The Haunted released a YouTube video titled "The Haunted returns with a revamped line-up!" which announced the returns of both Erlandsson and vocalist Marco Aro.
He was a founding member of the supergroup Terror in the Spring of 1994 with Jon Nödtveidt and his At the Gates bandmates, Anders Björler & Jonas Björler. The band existed for a few weeks but released "Demo '94 in April 1994.
Erlandsson formed Nemhain with his wife Amber Erlandsson, known as a fetish model under the name Morrigan Hel, in March 2006. The band returns Erlandsson to his roots as a rock drummer. Nemhain recorded its debut album From the Ashes in Studio Fredman during the late spring 2008 due for a release in April 2009.
Erlandsson has also played in Skitsystem and Nifelheim. While Adrian was in Cradle of Filth, due to band's poor reputation in the black metal scene, he was fired from Nifelheim, who said it was “like a very bad, bad dream” to have had “a drummer who plays in CRADLE OF WIMPS now”, and that he was “a schooled drummer” but “had problems to understand the most twisted and sickest riffs”.
During the spring of 2006 Erlandsson joined Needleye for the recording of their yet unreleased debut album Ode to None. Needleye disbanded after the recording of this album.
In September 2006, Erlandsson joined Mexican death metal band Brujeria for some concerts in Spain, using the nickname “El Podrido” (‘The Rotten’). Erlandsson is still with Brujeria.
In 2007, he played drums on the Samsas Traum album Heiliges Herz – das Schwert deiner Sonne (‘Holy heart - The sword of your sun’) and he also played a handful of shows with them on the tour prior to the album’s release in 2007 and joined Swedish metal band Netherbird as guild member and recorded drums for the Lighthouse Eternal (Laterna Magika) EP, later as a full member for the albums The Ghost Collector 2008 and Monument Black Colossal 2010.
In late 2007, Erlandsson recorded the drums for a three track EP for London band Green River Project.
The year 2008 saw Erlandsson fill in for Deathstars on their tour in Europe supporting Korn. He recorded drums for Deathstars on their third album Night Electric Night on the bonus track Night Electric Night.
He recorded drums for British/Norwegian black metal group Code for the Resplendent Grotesque album 2009.
In 2010 he joined Vallenfyre and Martyr Lucifer for the recordings of the "Farewell to Graveland" album, released worldwide in 2011 by Buil2Kill Records.
Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 1.